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TLC – What About Your Friends (1992)

Just over 25 years ago, What About Your Friends was the third single from TLC’s debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip. The Tip album was released on 25 February 1992 where it eventually sold over six million copies worldwide. Friends was released as a single six months later on 28 August 1992. There were two versions of the …

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The Bee Gees – Nights On Broadway (1975)

Nights on Broadway was recorded over ten days for the 1975 album Main Course. This was the 13th Bee Gees album since they formed in 1958 from Barry Gibb’s The Rattlesnakes, and the first to feature former Mott The Hoople keyboardist Derek John “Blue” Weaver and the first to feature a disco influence. Despite being first on …

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Doomsday Poetry with Arthur Guiterman

There are a few poems I’ve attempted to memorize. Archibald Lampman’s The City of the End of Things is in there somewhere, so too is Kipling’s Mandalay and a few ditties by Ogden Nash. The statues are falling and essay after essay urges the destruction of historical documents. So, I find myself reciting Arthur Guiterman’s (1871-1943) signature poem to …

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The Four Voices – Sealed With A Kiss (1960)

The Four Voices comprised Allan Chase (tenor), Sal Mayo (tenor), Bill McBride (baritone) and Frank Fosta (bass baritone) based out of Tennessee. The group formed in 1955 and faded into obscurity after the success of Sealed With A Kiss. You can hear them backing up a few Ray Conniff songs recorded between 1956 and 1958 such …

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A-WA – Habib Galbi (2015)

Sisters Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim are A-WA (Arabic for Yes) are the daughters of a Yemenite Jewish father and a Ukrainian/Moroccan Jewish mother. A-WA is pronounced Aye-Wah and is used in all Arabic dialects, some (such as Egyptian) more than others (such as Lebanese). Tair takes the lead vocals on this track whose English …

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Liza Minnelli – Copacabana (1979)

Minelli was 33 in 1979 when she appeared on the Muppet Show performing a few numbers, including a song and dance version of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. Copacabana was released in 1978 and written by Manilow, Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman. The inspiration of the song was a conversation between Manilow and Sussman who had decided that …

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Glen Campbell – These Days (2008)

These Days was written by Jackson Browne at the age of 16, and was first recorded in its most famous version by Nico. Like most ballads, the lyrics dip back and forth between past, present and future with the singer living in the present. These days are behind, these days are now and these days are squarely in the …

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Vogue: Let’s Sexualize Robert Mueller

Entitled Step Aside, Idris Elba and Chris Hemsworth: Robert Mueller Is America’s New Crush… My first beef is the fact that Idris Elba and Chris Hemsworth are absolutely NOT the standard American crushes. Not because, oh, you know, Idris Elba is English and Chris Hemsworth is Australian, but because we haven’t have American heartthrobs in …

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